Reckless Heart by Amy Clipston

When Lydia Bontrager's parents discover that her 4 year old sister has a life threatening illness, the family's world is turned upside down. Lydia is suddenly thrust into the adult responsibilities of caring for her home and her siblings. The problem is that she is still a child herself. At sixteen years old, she is already working as a Teaching Assistant and at her grandmother's bakery. All Lydia wants is for her family life to get back to normal and for Joshua Glick to ask her to be his girlfriend. Feeling all the pressure coming down on her, Lydia unwisely chooses to get drunk with Mahlon and his friends. She begins lying to cover her tracks and the time she spent with Mahlon. Members of her community become concerned when she befriends new neighbors, an English teenager named Tristan, and his family.
Lydia felt that it was unfair that she had so much responsibility on her shoulders. All she wanted to do was go to singings and be with her friends, not run a household. That is exactly how any teenager would feel. Lydia was also confused about what to do with her future. Everyone else seemed to know the path she should take but her. Teenage readers could definitely relate to this as they are searching for their place in the world. Worst of all, she was unsure of her little sister's well being. Anyone who's had an ill sibling will feel for Lydia.

I really enjoy Amy Clipston as an author but this book fell a little short for me. It seemed slow moving. I know that the Amish are Pacifists but I think that Joshua should have told what he knew about Mahlon and the situation. I don't want to give anything away, but some other way should have been used to solve Lydia's problem. Everything was resolved too quickly in the end for my liking. This doesn't mean there isn't anything worthwhile in the book. As I read through the story I was reminded why it's labeled Christian fiction. Lydia and her family trusted God with her sister's life. Tristan was a terrific example of what a true Christian is. Lydia choose the harder path of telling the truth to everyone she had lied to. Lydia's grandmother reminded her several times in the story what the Bible says a Christian is to do. Reckless Heart reflects Christian values that any parent would want their child to read about.

Kauffman Amish Bakery Series:
#1 A Gift Of Grace
#2 A Promise Of Hope
#3 A Place Of Peace
#4 A Life Of Joy (read my review here)
#5 A Season Of Love
Novellas in the series:
A Plain And Simple Christmas
Naomi's Gift (read my review here)
Reckless Heart
A Kauffman Amish Christmas Collection

I received a free copy of this book from Zondervan's Z Street Team and NetGalley for my honest review.

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  1. Thanks for the review!
    Amy Clipston

  2. I always look forward to reading one of your books! Just finished A Kauffman Amish Christmas :)